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Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

  • 1.5 oz. Greek gin (Grace)
  • 0.5 oz. Raki (Yenu)
  • 0.5 oz. Fernet Menta
  • 0.25 oz. apricot liqueur (Rothman and Winter)
  • 0.25 oz. cinnamon syrup
  • 0.25 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura Orange bitters

Shake with ice and strain into glass.

I was gifted some raki from a Turkish colleague, so played with some Greek and Turkish ingredients for this tipple, with apricot, cinnamon and mint. Lots of experimentation to get to the final mix, but I love this end result.

The name of course is from the song, made known to me at least through They Might Be Giants. The city changed hands a few times, so I felt captured the composite of ingredients. Have a drink. Or two. And that’s nobody’s business but the Turks.